by Quickie

Released 2015
Everyday Einstein
Released 2015
Everyday Einstein
Quickie reinvents itself and creates 500, the bands most sonically ambitious album to date with an emphasis on harmony, raw lyrics, layered structure, keyboard building crescendos, shredding riffs wrapped in tight-knit catchy songs with standout melodies.
Newsflash: Quickie have found their heart. And it’s broken.

Over the years this power-trio has evolved from cynical post-modern New Wave act to aggressive, smart-ass punk band. “500” finds the boys at their most introspective and vulnerable. And that’s a good thing.

The people populating the streets of Quickie’s latest release are broken, damaged by liars and, in at least one case, driven to madness. “I must confess: I’m a mess,” Lou Trez sings on one track. These are some of the darkest lyrics Trez has written to date. Anthems of regret, missed opportunities and abuse. Yet the band wraps the songs up in some of it’s brightest production in years, thanks in no small part to the welcome return of some Dropping the Why era keyboards.

Anyone in a relationship with a glass-half-empty personality will identify with the struggle of the narrator in “Holding Out for You.” “Stop Messing With Me” is the anthem for anyone lucky enough to have broken free from the spell of a toxic love affair. And “Pretty”, despite the title, is a front-row seat to madness; a protagonist consumed with ugliness, anger, greed… the dark-side. The video for “Pretty” is killer too, with 137 or more heroic and villainous cosplayers singing the lyrics and mugging for the camera.

There are plenty of optimistic side-trips on 500. “4-3-2-1” and "So Over Me" have a breezy, bouncy feel while lead guitarist Joe Wolf channels his inner Thin Lizzy. Newly minted drummer Retten Steincipher brings the big sunny beats on “Half the Time” which might be Quickie’s first-ever dance song! And then there’s the nostalgia of “Mosh My Life Away,” which is full of sly references to influences like Billy Idol, Mudhoney, Soul Asylum and OC punk rock . Trez picks up the guitar and taps out a bridge reminiscent of something Eddie might’ve played in the early days of Van Halen. The song also features a recurring sample of a playful young child yelling “Hey! Hey! Hey!” that cements this tribute to more innocent days, and reminds you that this band, above all else, is about having a good time.

Speaking of Van Halen, “Is There Any Why” asks where all the good times have gone, ultimately deciding nostalgia and melancholy need to step aside so that our damaged heroes can move forward.
500 may be dark at times, but there are slivers of light in every song. It's a continuation of a band that doesn't try too hard to be cool, yet the new Quickie sound shows they are not too cool to try. 500 is a fresh left-turn for one of the hardest working bands in the Pacific Northwest. And a welcome new chapter on their musical journey.